Building a strong team by hiring the right talent is one of the most rewarding investments you can make for your business. It can also be one of the most challenging as well.
Before you even open a listing for a new job on talent networks like LinkedIn or Glassdoor, take a second look at your description. Does your opening read like all of the other ads for the position? If so, you should expect to receive a slew of generic applications.
Hiring the right employee is a challenging process. Hiring the wrong employee is expensive, costly to your work environment, and time-consuming. Hiring the right employee, on the other hand, pays you back in employee productivity, a successful employment relationship, and a positive impact on your total work environment. Hiring the right employee enhances your work culture and pays you back a thousand times over in high employee morale, positive forward-thinking planning, and accomplishing challenging goals. It also ensures that you are making the most of the time and energy that your other employees invest in a relationship with the new employee—a costly and emotional process, indeed.
No matter which way you slice it, the job description forms the basis for finding the best candidates for available positions in your organisation. If you do…
No matter which way you slice it, the job description forms the basis for finding the best candidates for available positions in your organisation. If you don’t have a clear idea of exactly who you’re looking for, you won’t be able to fill the position quickly and efficiently. The job description forms the baseline against which you measure candidates and make your choice for who you should bring on board to fill the position.
There are less and less ‘rules’ compared to past thinking for what you can and can’t say in a job posting (but being professional will always be in style), so if you feel like being creative to attract the right fit, do it! You’ll attract a great candidate that wants to be part of making your company successful.
Focus on the details of the job that would be most attractive to potential candidates. If you’ve got great pay, solid benefits, interesting projects or clients, an amazing location, etc., be sure to put that in your hiring ads. Awesome job ads use real details about the job to get candidates excited.
Don’t just recite bland, dry facts and job requirements. Nobody likes bland or dry. But everybody likes steak, and steaks sizzle, so pour on the “sizzle.” Think about the job from the point of view of the candidate. Does it sound exciting? Does it sound interesting at all? If it doesn’t sound interesting to you, then it probably will not be interesting to them.
Writing a good job description is a lot more complex and important than it might appear. Whether you are expecting to receive a flood of applicants or going to be searching for just a few candidates, an effective description can make your life so much easier. It’s a bit of an obscure skill and requires a lot of forethought.
At Circle Select we understand that Job descriptions can often reside in a file somewhere in the HR department, unearthed only when a role is vacated. These descriptions often remain static for years and don’t reflect the current skills, culture and experience needs.
Get in touch with us today and let Circle Select help build your job description that attracts the talent of tomorrow.